These two safe work procedures are critical data that you need to know and have embedded in your skull before the police charge your dumb ass! This safe work procedure involves two separate workers, doing the same task associated to stopping! And yes September is here so this a CRITICAL SAFETY PROCEDURE for all crews to cover FULLY and without question!
A safe work procedure is defined as:
So worker number one must:
We will begin by looking at the basic overall procedures when loading or unloading on the right side and then review the other variations. Remember, your alternately flashing lights are to always be used for loading or unloading, unless there is a municipal by-law prohibiting their use in a given jurisdiction. In subsequent sections, we will deal with the problems you may encounter and suggestions for handling them.Basic Procedures – Loading and Unloading Right Side: 1. Check Mirrors Often As You Drive: • pay particular attention when you know a school bus stop is coming up • get a good reading of the traffic patterns for both following and oncoming vehicles • is traffic relatively clear? • can the stop be made with little or no hazard to your bus, your passengers or other traffic?
- is there oncoming traffic that may cause a problem? • is there a long line of vehicles following your bus that have not had an opportunity to pass the bus? • does the driver following appear impatient or anxious to pass? If there is traffic following or oncoming and you have an opportunity to let it pass, do so by slowing down well before the stop and allow the traffic to clear. The safest place for other traffic is GONE. Where possible, do not attempt to control traffic with your alternately flashing lights. Rather manage traffic with respect and consideration. Do not use the shoulder or “Parking Lane” of a provincial highway as a driving lane for your bus. 2. Activate the Alternately Flashing Amber Lights: Alternately flashing amber lights must be activated as you first begin to slow for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers. This will give other road users ample warning of your intention to activate the alternately flashing red lights at an upcoming stop. 3. Signal Right: This will indicate your intentions to change lane position. Do this at approximately 100 metres – if there is an approach or other driveway, hold your signal until you pass it. Shoulder check and check your mirrors every time you change position in your lane. Look ahead and choose a location that is as far right as practical, and one that will still give the passengers a safe footing, plus being at least 1 metre away from waiting passengers. Children often want to be first in line with the potential for pushing and shoving, increasing the possibility of someone being shoved under the bus as you prepare to stop. Once the bus is stopped: 4. Secure the Bus: Cancel the right signal, place the gear lever in neutral, set the parking brake, and maintain pressure on the brake pedal. This must be done every time. 5. Mirror and Shoulder Checks: Check for vehicles approaching from the rear, both sides and from the front. If unloading, ensure passengers remain seated until you are ready to unload. Always double check again for vehicles that you may have missed the first time or vehicles approaching at a high rate of speed. 6. Open the Door: Once the bus is stopped, opening the door cancels the alternately flashing amber lights and the alternately flashing red lights are activated along with the stop arm and crossing arm (if applicable). Note: Never activate the alternately flashing red lights until the bus has completely stopped, the bus is properly secured and the traffic is controlled! Do not close the door or deactivate the alternately flashing red lights until the passengers being loaded are safely seated or those leaving the bus are in the designated safety zone area. 7. Close the Door: This will deactivate the alternately flashing red lights and you can now allow motorists to pass your bus since the passengers are either safely in the bus or in the safety zone.
The procedures when loading or unloading at a left-side stop where passengers must cross the highway are similar to the right-side stop except for a few fundamental differences that are outlined below: 1. Check Mirrors Often 2. Activate the Alternately Flashing Amber Lights 3. Signal Right: Move to the right as far as practical, allowing safe footing for the passengers. Stop the bus approximately 10 paces from the waiting passengers on the left side depending on road width. 4. Secure the Bus 5. Mirror and Shoulder Checks 6. Open the Door: Operators need to have set clear expectations about how this procedure will work. Passengers should be instructed from the very beginning that when loading they need to pay particular attention to the operator and traffic before they leave their safety zone to cross the highway. Frequently, sufficient natural light conditions do not exist during early morning pickups. This may require the bus operator area be illuminated with the interior light, so the operator will be clearly visible to the awaiting passenger(s). The operator should place their hands at top of the steering wheel and establish eye contact with passenger(s).
What the OTHER WORKER sees now prior to his work
What does the driver of another motor vehicle see when following a bus that is about to make a stop? 1. the alternately flashing amber lights; 2. the right signal comes on; 3. the brake lights; 4. as the bus stops the right signal cancels; and 5. the alternately flashing amber lights cancel and the alternately flashing red lights come on, plus the stop sign comes out with its flashing red lights. There are three sets of lights being displayed when stopped: the alternately flashing red lights on the bus and the stop arm and the brake lights. Bus operators communicate to other motorists through the use of their lights, not by using hand-signals.
You must stop whenever you approach a stopped school bus with its upper alternating red lights flashing, regardless of whether you are behind the bus or approaching it from the front. When approaching the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance for children to get off the bus and cross the road in front of you. If you are coming from behind the bus, stop at least 20 metres away. Do not go until the bus moves or the lights have stopped flashing.
If you are on a road with a median strip, only vehicles coming from behind the bus must stop. (A median is a physical barrier such as a raised, lowered, earth or paved strip constructed to separate traffic travelling in different directions. Vehicles cannot cross over a median strip.)
You must obey the school bus law on any road, no matter how many lanes or what the speed limit. Be prepared to stop for a school bus at any time, not just within school hours.
As well as the upper alternating red flashing lights, school buses use a stop sign arm on the driver’s side of the bus. This arm, a standard stop sign with alternating flashing red lights at top and bottom, swings out after the upper alternating red lights begin to flash. Remain stopped until the arm folds away and all lights stop flashing.